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September 9, 2013, 6:25 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft holding Surface 2 event on September 23rd in New York City  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its next-generation tablets at an event in New York City on September 23rd.  The software maker has emailed press invites to the media today, asking them to save the date for a Surface event.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Surface 2: no “RT” branding, Tegra 4, 1080p, possible white model  —  Surface 2 Details Emerge  —  Surface RT no more, but still Windows RT on the inside where it counts  —  Less than a week after the first report about the next generation Surface Pro 2 tablet …
Spiegel Online:
iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data  —  The US intelligence agency NSA has been taking advantage of the smartphone boom.  It has developed the ability to hack into iPhones, android devices and even the BlackBerry, previously believed to be particularly secure.
Justin Osofsky / Facebook Newsroom:
New Tools for Surfacing Conversations on Facebook  —  If there is something interesting going on, people are talking about it on Facebook.  From favorite television shows to sporting events to the latest news; the conversations are happening on Facebook.  Last week's kick-off …
TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Twitter Ups The Ante In Mobile Advertising, Acquires Mobile Ad Startup MoPub  —  MoPub, a startup that helps mobile publishers manage their ad inventory, has been acquired by Twitter, giving the social network another route into building its advertising business, specifically on moble platforms.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google+ Launches Embeds, Starts To Highlight WordPress.com And TypePad Authors Who Sign In With Google+ In Search Results  —  Starting today, Google+ users will be able to embed their posts anywhere on the web.  The new feature provides its users with the code needed to embed posts …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
New PlayStation Vita coming October 10th: lighter, thinner, more battery life  —  If it's big enough for a live broadcast (with English translation), it's going to be good, right?  Sony has announced a new version of its PS Vita, just weeks after announcing a price-drop across both the US and Europe.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Windows Unit Gets Fresh Leaders as Phone, PC and Xbox Efforts Move Closer Together  —  Less than two months after the big “One Microsoft” reorganization plan was announced, more units are starting to learn how the high-level changes will affect their operations.  —  Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 now available on MSDN and TechNet following developer complaints  —  Microsoft is reversing course today, allowing developers to download a final copy of Windows 8.1 ahead of its October 18th release.  After originally announcing the finalization of the OS update last month …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google offers new concessions to avoid fine in EU antitrust case  —  (Reuters) - Google has offered further concessions aimed at ending a three-year investigation into complaints it was blocking competitors and to avert a possible $5 billion fine, the European Commission said on Monday.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Livefyre Acquires Storify, Says The Social Curation Service Will Still Operate As Standalone Product  —  Livefyre, a commenting platform used by TechCrunch and other websites, is announcing that it has acquired social curation startup Storify.  —  The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Carl Icahn Ends Effort To Take Control of Dell  —  The last bit of lingering drama 14-month old effort to take the computer company Dell private in a leveraged buyout just came to a close as activist investor Carl Icahn said he would not pursue any further efforts to take control of the company.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches New Screen App And Viacom Partnership For Lean-Back Tablet And Smartphone Video  —  Yahoo launched a new mobile application this morning called “Yahoo Screen,” designed for Apple iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  The app is meant to serve as a mobile home …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera Launches Coast, A Slick New WebKit-Based iPad Browser  —  About a year and a half ago, a small team at Opera started working on a new browser for tablets and today, it is launching the result of this project: Opera Coast, a new, almost chrome-less browser for the iPad.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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